Jenni is a hairstylist at Urban Betty with five years of experience behind the chair. In a recent interview, along with sharing that she'd be a chef if she couldn't be a stylist, Jenni fills us in on her "areas of expertise" and source of passion for her craft.
An Interview with Stylist Jenni Mardis
Written by Jessica Tellez, Hairstylist at Urban Betty
Transformations, Balayage, & All Things Editorial
Jessica Tellez: What is your favorite part about doing hair?
Jennifer Mardis: Transformations! Big changes are the best kind! Edgy, runway, high-fashion, all things editorial!
JT: Is there a specialty you have? What drew you to that?
JM: I really love balayage because no one at the salon I used to work for was interested in learning it so I forced myself to. As a result, I’d love nothing more than to do that all day!
JT:Is there another “thing” you are excited about, but wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s your thing?
JM: I’m unique in that there’s very little I won’t do. I feel like I’m skilled in most areas of hair. But I do love doing off-the-wall, weird hair!
JT: Are there any classes you’re looking forward to this year? In house, or out?
JM: Michael Cole! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to see him speak. I always feel so inspired after I see him. He’s so real about everything and doesn’t accept excuses. He also has real world applications to what he has to say. His passion is so contagious!
Unpretentious + Highest Standards
JT: When you were in cosmetology school, is this the sort of hair you thought you’d be doing? Has this always been what you wanted to do?
JM: 100%. I always knew I would end up at a high-end salon. I expect a lot from myself. When I was in cosmetology school, I researched Urban Betty. Urban Betty had everything I was looking for. It wasn’t pretentious but held to a high standard. I wanted to be somewhere where the person working beside me was just as passionate about my industry as I am. I also feel that UB is such a supportive place, that even if I eventually grow to a different place, I know I’ll still have the support of everyone here.